'I'm a Happy Hypochondriac,' Says Roger Moore

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For
most of his 81 years, Sir Roger Moore has played invincible leading
men. But behind the scenes he has cheerfully hidden a list of real
(and imagined) ailments. ‘You are late,’ says Sir Roger Moore in
a deep growl. I apologise. I had thought the interview was at nine
o’clock. ‘I am just off to the funeral parlour,’ he continues.

I am flummoxed.

‘April Fool!’

Of all the
things Sir Roger Moore has lost over the years (appendix, tonsils,
adenoids, a sensitive snip in a circumcision and more recently his
prostate), his sense of humour is not one of them. ‘If you don’t
have humour,’ he says, still laughing, ‘then you may as well nail
the coffin lid down now.’

Today, the
81-year-old actor is best known for the film role he calls ‘Jimmy
Bond’ – the part he played in six 007 films from 1973′s Live
And Let Die
until his last, A
View To A Kill
, at the ripe old age of 57.

Home for Sir
Roger is typically Bond-like – in winter it’s a chalet in the exclusive
Swiss resort of Crans Montana, shared with his glamorous fourth
wife Kristina; then in spring it is in tax-exile haven Monaco; and
summers are spent in a house in the South of France.

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April
14, 2009

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